"The All-New, Non-Violent Adventures of Superbo Part 2: The Writers Tale": Conflicted and distraught, Alan Grant slumps over his typewriter, frazzled from all the electric shocks he receives when he makes Superbo do anything violent or crass. [[Mike Carlin|The Great Carl
Appearing in "The All-New, Non-Violent Adventures of Superbo Part 2: The Writers Tale"
- The Savage Six
- The Evil Hooded Guy
- Felix "Four-Fingers" Flagrante (Mentioned only)
- Wizard Magazine Staff
- Batman (Cameo; as an action figure only)
- Darkseid (Cameo; as an action figure only)
- Superman (Mentioned only)
- Wonder Woman (Mentioned only)
- DC Comics Offices, 1700 Broadway
- DC Armaments Division (For Hero Use Only)
- Wizard Magazine Offices
- Hollywood (Mentioned only)
- The Malignus Asteroid
- The Secret Base of the Savage Six
- Lobo #60
- Lobo Movie Script
- The Sixmobile (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The All-New, Non-Violent Adventures of Superbo Part 2: The Writers Tale"
Conflicted and distraught, Alan Grant slumps over his typewriter, frazzled from all the electric shocks he receives when he makes Superbo do anything violent or crass. The Great Carlini pokes his head through Grant's door to remind him to adhere to Lobo's new image, an action taken to address the criticism of Wizard Magazine. Grant continues writing the story from the cliffhanger ending he last left the hero.
The Savage Six surround Superbo and Dan Raspler in an alleyway. The bulky thug, Broozer, enters the fray first, leaping on top of Superbo, smashing him into the pavement. Superbo is quick to retaliate, kicking the brawny brute away before relentlessly pounding his head into the ground. Raspler tries to talk Superbo into toning down the violence, but 'Bo fails to pull back, earning Grant another jolt. Superbo is blasted from Broozer by an eldritch bolt from Demi-Urge's mystical hammer, and the Sincopator takes over. By drumming a beat on a trash can, the Sincopator's rhythm forces the stunned Superbo to dance against his will. Caught in an extreme pirouette, he manages to spin himself close enough to the Sincopator and sock him in the the jaw. With an end to the music, the vivacious Chiquita quickly runs towards him with open arms, hoping to seduce her foe. Superbo's eyes bulge at the curvy babe, but before he can put his lascivious thoughts into practice, Grant is once more shocked into submission, and Superbo punches her instead. Razorslice is no more efficient, so once more Demi-Urge attacks, and the two duke it out. The last member, Braincell, notices that Superbo is a match even for a demi-god, so he captures Raspler and threatens to kill him if Superbo doesn't desist. Superbo is apathetic towards the persistent group editor, but Raspler demands Superbo give up or he'll cancel the book. Reluctantly, Grant makes Superbo surrender, and the Sincopator knocks the hero unconscious with a vial of gas. Raspler tries to leave the scene but he is loaded on board the Sixmobile alone with Superbo.
At the offices of Wizard, the editor is battling action figures with an employee, claiming Batman could defeat Darkseid in a fight. A second employee enters with a copy of Lobo #60, informing the boss how DC has implemented all of the suggestions their magazine criticised them for. The editor gloats and leaves his office via a teleporter.
Alan Grant panics briefly, realising he made an error in the page count and is one short. He quickly pads out page 11 with the Sixmobile travelling to the Savage Six's secret base on the asteroid Malignus. Carlini pokes his head through the door to commend him on the good work.
Inside the secret facility orbiting Earth, the Savage Six are joined by their mastermind, the Evil Hooded Guy who silenced Felix Flagrante. The mysterious figure proposes a deal with Raspler; give their word to drop the case and they can both go free. Superbo regains conciousness manacled to the wall and is enraged at the thought of bargaining with these creeps. The Hooded Guy tries to slap some sense into his prisoner, but Superbo won't take any more, breaking his bonds to frag every last one of them.
An electric charge surges through Grant once more, summoning Carlini who reproaches him for returning to his old bad habits. He looks back the writer's script, explaining he could have added a little more depth to Superbo and Chiqueta's relationship. Grant defies the executive editor, explaining how that would be completely out of character for Lobo. Carlini simply threatens to increase the voltage if Grant refuses to rewrite, and the whimpering writer complies.
Superbo's chains are too strong to sunder, and the Evil Hooded Guy adds to his ignominy by showing him the incriminating photos of DC's finest in compromising situations. The blackmailer gives Superbo some extra motivation to drop his mission, as Razorslice holds a blade to Raspler's neck. Superbo still has no love for Raspler and provokes them into taking his life.
Regardless of the eminent electrocution that will surely follow, Alan Grant can't resist taking the one chance he has to execute an editor, and puts Raspler's grisly decapitation to paper. Carlini storms in hearing another tortured scream and demands Grant restore Raspler's life. The writer objects to the absurdity of bringing someone back from death, but his superior reminds him about Superman.
Razorslice displays the severed head on the end of his bladed arm, but Demi-Urge is suddenly, inexplicably compelled to restore their victim's life. He uses his god-like powers to reattach Raspler's head, but inadvertently facing the wrong direction. The Evil Hooded Guy curiously asks Lobo why he chose to be a bounty hunter, questioning why a psychopathic maniac wouldn't just take what he wanted and murder anyone that got in his way. Superbo is offended at the very idea of being labelled a thief, and proudly proclaims he is a man of honour. The Evil Hooded Guy revels in the macho Main Man being reduced to another sappy do-gooder, warning Superbo he will reveal to everyone what a pantywaist supercheez he's become if he doesn't give his word to stop investigating. Grant apologises to his protagonist and resorts to making Superbo give in to their demands. The captives are released from their shackles and make their way out of the base. Raspler thanks 'Bo before walking into a pipe, banging the back of his head which now faces the front. Superbo dismisses his gratitude knowing full well it was the writer that made him do it.
Conflicted and guilty for his betrayal of Lobo, Alan Grant sobs in his tiny workspace. The Great Carlini enters, praising Grant's good work and hands him the screenplay for the proposed Lobo film in Hollywood. Grant reads through the script and is actually impressed that many of his ideas and jokes have been used. However, his heart sinks when he reaches a scene where Lobo reveals his violent bounty hunting is all to a means of paying for his grandmother's expensive heath care. Grant rips the screenplay in two, shouting how Lobo would flay and eat his grandmother, not keep her from dying! Carlini explains the changes all come with Lobo's new image before he nonchalantly informs Grant the screenwriter will be taking over the comic also. Having endured all that punishment only to be fired, Alan Grant loses control and goes wild. He flips his desk and sucker punches Carlini. He deranged writer goes completely postal and heads directly for the DC Armaments Division, commandeering and arsenal of weaponry for a revenge rampage.
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- Lobo article at Wikipedia.org
- Lobo biography page at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Lobo chronology index at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Lobo (Volume 2) series index at the Grand Comics Database
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